Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Vinod Venkiteshwaran

An Outstanding Islander

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Financially Fit

In these times of financial uncertainty, Dr. Vinod Venkiteshwaran is stressing to his students that they need to be informed of how monetary systems work and how their lives can be affected by what’s happening in today’s financial markets. The assistant professor of finance, who was motivated to pursue an academic career after witnessing the transformation of India’s financial environment from a heavily-regulated closed economy to a free and open economy during the early 1990s, arrived at the Island University in fall 2009 after serving as a visiting assistant professor at Ohio University. Venkiteshwaran says that great colleagues and a vibrant student body make the Island University an ideal environment for personal and professional growth. His main areas of research are corporate finance, corporate governance, industrial organization and competitive behavior.  He has given numerous research presentations on related topics at conferences across the nation and has published in renowned academic journals. One of his papers on activist shareholders was published this year in Morgan Stanley’s Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and was also cited in several Reuters news articles bringing international recognition to the Island University. The article was also made available to practitioners in the Chartered Financial Analyst’s Institute’s publication, the CFA Digest.  In 2010, Venkiteshwaran earned a college research enhancement grant that allowed him to obtain statistical software designed to analyze stock price behavior and study CEO replacements at major corporations. The grant also funded two student research assistants, both of whom were officers of the Student Finance Association. Venkiteshwaran serves on the International Education Advisory Council, where he participates in committees to evaluate international student issues and learning issues. As a former international student, he can relate and provide some helpful insight to challenges they may face. He is also a member of the Financial Management Association and the American Finance Association. Venkiteshwaran says the climate and coast in Corpus Christi remind him of his hometown of Chennai, India.

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